Wednesday, January 20, 2010

BBC News - Voters with learning disabilities 'disenfranchised'

BBC News - Voters with learning disabilities 'disenfranchised':

People with learning disabilities are 'marginalised' by the political process and parties should make it easier for them to vote, a report says.

Although 80% of those with learning disabilities were registered to vote in the 2005 election, only 16% did so, according to charity United Response.


Its main recommendation is for parties to produce manifestos in an easier-to-read format and to make their election leaflets and websites more user-friendly.

Other ideas it believes are worth exploring to increase turnout include simplifying ballot papers and adding photos of candidates, as well as internet voting.

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